Why do I keep running out of hot water?
Small Water Heater: If your water heater is too small for your home or family, it may not be able to keep up with your hot water demand. This is especially true if multiple appliances or showers are being used simultaneously.
Old Water Heater: If your water heater is old, it may not be functioning as efficiently as it once did. Sediment can build up at the bottom of the tank over time, displacing water and reducing the amount of hot water available.
Faulty Thermostat: The thermostat controls the temperature of the water in the tank. If it’s not working correctly, it may not be heating the water to the desired temperature, leading to a perceived lack of hot water.
Broken Dip Tube: The dip tube directs cold water to the bottom of the tank for heating. If it’s broken, cold water can mix with the hot water at the top of the tank, causing a sudden drop in the temperature of the water coming out of your faucets or shower.
Shared Heat Sources: If your heating and hot water use the same boiler and you’re using a lot of heating (such as during winter), your hot water supply may decrease.
High Demand: During peak times, such as in the morning when everyone is showering, or when you’re running the washing machine or dishwasher, you can simply run out of hot water.
If you’re consistently running out of hot water, it might be time to consider a larger tank water heater, or better yet, a tankless water heater that can supply hot water on-demand. At Water Heater Doctor, we can help you find the perfect solution to fit your needs.